Chien-Chi Chang

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Chien-Chi Chang (張乾琦) (born 1961) is a photographer and member of Magnum Photos.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Chang was born in Taichung, Taiwan. He received an M.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington and a B. A. from Soochow University, Taipei.

He joined Magnum Photos in 1995 and was elected as a full member in 2001.

He lives in Taichung, Taiwan and Graz, Austria.

Chang focuses on the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. “The Chain,” a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, was shown at Venice Biennale (2001) and the São Paulo Art Biennial (2002). The nearly life-sized photographs of pairs of patients chained together resonate with Chang’s look at the less visible bonds of marriage. At São Paulo Art Biennial he was involved in the Thomann controversy.

Chang has treated marital ties in two books—I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam. The ties of family and of culture are also the themes of a project begun in 1992. For 21 years, Chang has photographed and videoed the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. Still a work in progress, “China Town” was hung at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008[2] as part of a mid-career survey and at Venice Biennale (2011) as well as at International Center of Photography, New York (2012). Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own divided immigrant experience in the United States.


Books and selected monographs[edit]

  • Chang, Chien-Chi, The Chain, Photographs by Chien-Chi Chang. Taipei: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2001.
  • Chang, Chien-Chi, I do I do I do. Taipei: Premier Foundation, 2001. ISBN 957-97817-2-9.
  • Chang, Chien-Chi; Lai, Cheryl, The chain. London: Trolley, 2002. ISBN 0-9542079-5-5.
  • Chang, Chien-Chi; Dowling, Claudia Glenn, Double Happiness. New York, NY: Aperture, 2005. ISBN 1-931788-56-1.
  • Chang, Chien-Chi, I Grandi Fotografi: Magnum Photos: Chien-Chi Chang. Milan: Hachette Fascioli, 2008.
  • Chang, Chien-Chi, Les Grands Photographe de Magnum Photos: Chien-Chi Chang.' Paris: Hachette, 2008.
  • Chang, Chien-Chi, Doubleness: photography of Chang Chien-Chi. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet and National Museum of Singapore, 2008. ISBN 978-981-05-9658-3.


  • 2007: Empty Orchestra.
  • 2008: China Town I.
  • 2009: Escape from North Korea.
  • 2011: Burmese Days.
  • 2011: Bongo Fever.
  • 2011: China Town II.
  • 2013: AccessRH, Philippines.
  • 2014: Side Chain.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Selected sound installations[edit]

  • 2010 Many Voices of Immigrants, New York and Fuzhou, China.
  • 2013 Postcards from North Korea.



  1. ^ Hudson, Berkley (2009). Sterling, Christopher H., ed. Encyclopedia of Journalism. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE. pp. 1060–67. ISBN 978-0-7619-2957-4.
  2. ^ a b Lenzi, Iola. "Chang Chien-Chi at the National Museum of Singapore.". C-Arts, July 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "1998 Chien-Chi Chang DL2". World Press Photo. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  4. ^ "1999 Chien-Chi Chang DLS1-AK". World Press Photo. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  5. ^ "Recipients". W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  6. ^ "Winners List". Pictures of the Year International. Retrieved 2018-07-03.

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